Inside NovoPulp: The Contributors In Their Own Words

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Now that NovoPulp has published it’s first anthology, full of stories and artwork by G+ authors and artists, we wanted to reflect on how far we have come over the past year. I asked all our contributors if they had any feedback and here are what a few of them had to say:

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“For me, the process of working on Novo Pulp was one of inches. Micha would ask “Do you have time to edit this one story.” I’d agree. Then another story. When I found out I had edited roughly half the book, you could have knocked me over with a feather.”Charles Barouch, Editor and Writer for NovoPulp

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“Being a part of NovoPulp has been a great experience for me. Working with talented people whose dedication to bringing this genre to a new audience has been an inspiration in my own writing. As someone who has been writing and editing for more than four decades, it was refreshing to see how enthusiastic Niamh, Micha, Ted, Daniela, and the rest were about NovoPulp. I’m looking forward to working with them in the years to come.”H. David Blalock, Editor and Writer for NovoPulp

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“Bringing a project like this to life is far more complex than we’d imagined at the start. I am incredibly proud of, and grateful to, everyone who gave of themselves, their time, and their talents to make this dream a reality. They say, ‘Begin as you mean to go on’ and this first volume is an outstanding foundation for what is yet to come. Twenty years from now, we will look back and say: ‘I was there as we laid the first stones.'”Ted Ewen, Founder of NovoPulp

For me it has been a wonderful and eyeopening experience. I have been at the center of NovoPulp since January 2013, when we moved over to the public Google+ community. The team came together with the right people at the right time. When we had an obsticale everyone pulled together and we found a way through. I have also been very impressed with the quality of the stories, artwork, editing, typesetting, graphic design, and everything else that was poured into the project by our contributors. I can’t wait to see how NovoPulp is going to grow in the future and what I’m going to learn next. This whole process has given me the kick I needed to get serious about self publishing.

Do you want to contribute to NovoPulp? Read our Submission Guidelines and find out why We Need You!

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One Month to Go: The NovoPulp 2013 Edition Deadline Looms

NovoPulp: The Google+ Speculative Fiction Anthology

On September 1st 2013 the first NovoPulp deadline will be over and submissions will be prepared for publication at the end of the year. Looking back at the last post dedicated to NovoPulp on Hermit Studio Press, NovoPulp Has Moved To Google+ for 2013, I can see it was published back in January 2013. A lot has happened since then and with the 2013 edition deadline looming I thought it would be nice to do a little round up of what we have achieved so far:

  1. We created a public Google+ Community for those who want to learn more and support the project, even if you can’t get involved directly.
  2. We created a private Google+ Community for NovoPulp HQ members to share ideas, give status updates and pool resources.
  3. We created the foundation for the NovoPulp Website for handling submissions and providing information on the project. We have updated this through-out the year with new features and pages such as We Need You, Showcase and Spread the Word. (This is only a humble beginning, we have big plans for the future.)
  4. We have created a Fundrazr for donations to support our Google+ indie authors and artists, as well as to help cover the first-time costs of getting the NovoPulp project up-and-running.
  5. At the time of writing we have received 10 stories and, after editing, the current word count totals 33,130. 
  6. We have also received 3 art/photography submissions to be included.
  7. Finally we have just created a NovoPulp mailing list for anyone who wants to get updates on the anthology production and release.

If you want to get involved for the 2013 edition you only have one month left to submit your work. You can of course submit after this deadline, but it will be considered for the 2014 edition instead.  If you can’t wait until the 2013 edition is out then remember to subscribe to the NovoPulp mailing list and we will keep you up-to-date with all things NovoPulp.

New Hermit Studio English Proofreading Service Page

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We have launched our new English Proofreading Service page today on our website.

Since we moved from the UK to Denmark in 2008 we have been using our collective writing skills to help proofread English copy for non-native English speakers. We realised that we could open up the service through the studio website for both the local Danish & Expat market; and anyone else who would like the peace of mind.

Since work began on the 2013 NovoPulp Google+ Speculative Fiction Anthology, and the website began development, we have come to know a great bunch of people. They have acted like a ‘talent mirror’ so we could hold our own work up in order to reflect a more impartial view. We individually gain practical feedback in a supportive and safe manner to help us all make the next step towards NovoPulp indie stardom!

The first piece I submitted to NovoPulp was my short story The Cancer. It was interesting to see what issues cropped up as, in the end, they seemed more structural than grammatical. So since the standard of our writing was improving, it was only logical that the next step for Hermit Studio was to codify our English proofreading services for the benefit of our network.

Both the English Proofreading page and the NovoPulp project have also been added as products and services on our new Hermit Studio LinkedIn Company page.

We are the Featured Post on the Front Page of CMSCritic.com

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Last week I got an offer to write freelance for CMSCritic.com and I’m pleased to say my first article was released tonight. It is called “Squarespace 6 Review and the Long Awaited Commerce Solution“. Every share, like and +1 counts, as it keeps the sponsors happy, which frees up more funds for us writers 😀

Here is a screen shot of my article on the front page:

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NovoPulp Has Moved To Google+ for 2013

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This is just a quick post to say we are looking to get the NovoPulp project up and running in 2013 as a purely Google+ endeavour. We believe that: Yes there is enough indie talent on Google+ alone to compile an annual anthology.

We had started up a set of forums last year, under the impression we couldn’t confine ourselves to Google+ alone. We had started the forum to attract people from other social networks, but it turned out the group came exclusively from Google+ and stayed that way. With the addition of Google+ Communities it made sense to move us back to Google+ and get the project going again after a recent enquiry got the NovoPulp conversation rolling. Since the forums went quiet toward the end of the summer in 2012 I have seen so much more creatively from Google+ Authors than from any other social outlet and we wish to do our bit to keep Google+ers ahead of the curve.

In addition to our goal of promoting people on Google+ we have opened up another angle on the project. To provide a loose theme for each anthology we are also looking for Researchers to create or share content on the latest advances in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This acting as the bridge of inspiration, between Science Fiction and Science Fact.

You don’t have to be a ‘Scientist’ to provide STEM Inspiration on our public community, so don’t be put off by that. Share anything cutting edge in those fields and we will be happy. However if you are knowledgeable in STEM and are willing to submit your articles to us for inclusion, we would be prepared to consider doing an additional anthology, a Google+ STEM Journal if you will.

If you would like to submit written works for inclusion to the next NovoPulp anthology then you can read our submission guidelines and submit your work here. To those who are already involved in NovoPulp I’ve added a redirect page on the main NovoPulp page and under the old forum address. This gives links to both the public and private communities and after five seconds it takes you to the public one.  If anyone still needs to access the old forums you can find how to access it at the private NovoPulp HQ Community if you are a member. If you would like to become a member too, and help out with any of the tasks below, then apply here to contribute to NovoPulp HQ!

Researching, Graphic Art, Writing, Reading, Editing, Formatting, Publishing, Promoting or Management

NovoPulp: The G+ SF Anthology

Welcome To Hermit Studio Press

Hermit Studio Press is a project division within Hermit Studio, housed at Hermit House, outside Copenhagen, Denmark. We are a small studio whose focus is on the creative arts. We believe that writing, the graphic arts, gaming, music and the interplay between them are the primary tools which allow us to tell our stories, and by telling them to affect the changes we want and need in the world around us.

Our first Press Project will be Novo Pulp Monthly Magazine and Annual Anthologies: Let’s bring back the best of the days of Pulp: Fiction written by and for those who love the genre. Pushing boundaries, asking the questions, demanding the answers, and even providing some. More Information on Novo Pulp can be found at the Novo Pulp Website or at our Projects page.

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